We have a sour water stripper which is used for stripping produced water coming with crude. There is a filter ahead of the stripper. Both the stripper and filter suffer from sticky asphaltene creating operating problems. We are talking to chemical vendors who claim they can inhibit asphaltenes from depositing on the filters and the packing. The filter is actually a strainer with .0.99 mm mesh to keep out particles greater than about 1mm. Are there any other methods which can solve this problem?